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    Quote Originally Posted by ka5ysy View Post
    Jeez.... what a bunch of old farts
    LOL We are what you thought we are
    Said another way, we are what you will be... . ..
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    Yeah well, this "old fart" races Ice Bikes, downhill skiis, and busts 100mph a good many times each riding season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    Said another way, we are what you will be... . ..
    chronological = 64.

    I have decided not to participate in aging.


    Too much to do


    Two weeks ago..




    How about this:

    WWII dive suit:


    Or this:

    Modern stuff.. just about to start teaching a class of newbie divers on their first certification dives :

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    Looks like you're having lots of fun, Doug.
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    I do not know what all the concern about the"fourth quarter" is. You go until you can't go anymore then you find something you can keep going at. I have been riding for sixty one years, still fly my own airplane, and play Handball three times a week. I work out all other days. When I am unable to do any of these things I will find something else I can do. This is life!

    Two other riders I ride with are in their eightys. Some of the guys are in their fortys and fifties. We also do a good bit of dirt biking. The two guys in their eightys also have their own planes and still fly. If there are any worries it would be what will I be doing after the fourth quarter, or one hundred plus!

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    I'll be 65 next month and have enjoyed my 2010 RT for the past two years (purchased from Sierra BMW, Sparks, Nevada in August 2010). I've got 25K on her so far, with 22 states west of the Mississippi & 2 Canadian provinces under my belt. Planning a trip this summer to ride the additional 26 states east of the river to complete my goal of all 48. Would like some advice on physical conditioning routines used by some of you 'old guys' in preperation for a long jaunt on 2 wheels. Any recommendations are appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NObama View Post
    Would like some advice on physical conditioning routines used by some of you 'old guys' in preperation for a long jaunt on 2 wheels. Any recommendations are appreciated.
    I'm not a certified trainer, but what I do is alternate aerobic and non aerobic workouts. So on alternate week days I swim 30 lengths in a 25 metre pool, and on the other week days I work out (resistance training) in a weight room / fitness facility. I don't do anything specific to get conditioned for riding, but my weight room workouts include a lot of core conditioning on special machines.

    I think the core work is the most important aspect of getting conditioned for riding.

    Good luck with your super ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NObama View Post
    I'll be 65 next month and have enjoyed my 2010 RT for the past two years (purchased from Sierra BMW, Sparks, Nevada in August 2010). I've got 25K on her so far, with 22 states west of the Mississippi & 2 Canadian provinces under my belt. Planning a trip this summer to ride the additional 26 states east of the river to complete my goal of all 48. Would like some advice on physical conditioning routines used by some of you 'old guys' in preperation for a long jaunt on 2 wheels. Any recommendations are appreciated.
    I agree with Rinty, and i too have no professional background. But what {I} do,[BTW I'm 63] is general conditioning training. What I believe helps most in terms of riding?

    Anything hips & back. Light weight squats, Frog squats Lunges, and a side-to-side lunge like skiers do, anything that pushes the joints past the normal range of motion. Heavy weight is not needed, just a bit of resistance. Most days a week, combined about 100 reps per/day.

    Throw in a little indoor,or outdoor bike,...is about it. {IMO} anything that reduces sitting around time is good.

    Someone once asked me what I thought is the best workout for?? is. My answer was & is anything you will do is best. It can be added to/modified from there,depending on your goals, energy etc.

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    I realized this weekend that it is not always a physical condition that may cut short our riding days. I have a friend who is nearing 80 that is very healthy and in good condition. He called me Saturday and said he couldn't get the oil to drain out of his motorcycle after he removed the filter. I told him I would search for forum to see if anyone else had encountered the problem. After no luck, I called him back to see if he had stuck anything in the drain plug hole after he removed the drain. After changing oil for over 60 years, he had forgotten to remove the drain plug. I visited him yesterday and he asked me if I had seen an old car he had had work done on. I reminded him that I had gone with him to pick it up a couple of months ago.
    'You can say what you want about the South, but I almost never hear of anyone wanting to retire to the North.

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    I started this thread not so much a concern or dread that I am just barely starting the later phase of my riding days, but more so that I realize it and appreciate and enjoy all the pleasures, joys, challenges and fulfillment that motorcycling gives me. I don't plan to slow down any decade soon. Ride on!

    Just didn't think this thread would already generate four pages of responses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDYVH View Post
    I started this thread not so much a concern or dread that I am just barely starting the later phase of my riding days, but more so that I realize it and appreciate and enjoy all the pleasures, joys, challenges and fulfillment that motorcycling gives me. I don't plan to slow down any decade soon. Ride on!

    Just didn't think this thread would already generate four pages of responses.
    It did {IMO} because it hits home with many of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osbornk View Post
    I realized this weekend that it is not always a physical condition that may cut short our riding days. I have a friend who is nearing 80 that is very healthy and in good condition. He called me Saturday and said he couldn't get the oil to drain out of his motorcycle after he removed the filter. I told him I would search for forum to see if anyone else had encountered the problem. After no luck, I called him back to see if he had stuck anything in the drain plug hole after he removed the drain. After changing oil for over 60 years, he had forgotten to remove the drain plug. I visited him yesterday and he asked me if I had seen an old car he had had work done on. I reminded him that I had gone with him to pick it up a couple of months ago.
    Your're talking early stage Alzheimers [sp] ? That's the one that scares the heck outta me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f14rio View Post
    don't run so fast anymore but i run hard (lotta hills and sand). i'll be 67 this year (got my ticket in '62).. still fly, snowboard,wakeboard, shoot and ride. (oh yeah, a bit of 'boom boom' once in a while, too).
    ya don't wear out, ya rust out.

    that's beach sand between 1.25 and 2.0 miles... note the elevation changes commencing at 2.5 miles:

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/259375596

    hey, at my age its okay to be an obnoxious old blow hard.

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    If not for knee and hip replacement I would be done with a lot that I do. Still can throw a leg over my GSA, couple of 700 plus days last summer, train Labs daily, duck hunt, fish and long walks. I like to say, "if I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself".
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomRunning View Post
    If not for knee and hip replacement I would be done with a lot that I do. Still can throw a leg over my GSA, couple of 700 plus days last summer, train Labs daily, duck hunt, fish and long walks. I like to say, "if I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself".
    I had a 3 level ACDF a year ago. I have a bad lumbar disk and I could see my knees having to be replaced down the road. The thing is, the neck will never be the same again and they aren't done with it yet either. Like you said, I should have taken better care of myself.
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